Fillers for Advent Calendars

 Ideas for Filling Your Advent Calendar!

This holiday season, I was excited to write about some beautiful, lasting Advent calendars, but what I didn’t do was give you some ideas for filling those 24 compartments!  Given the small size and the number of the boxes that need to be filled, this job can be a little challenging, but here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Gift certificates to a favorite fast food spot or ice cream shop
  • Hair accessories (an assortment of ribbons, barrettes* or pony tail holders)
  • Matchbox cars
  • Bouncy balls
  • Small tree ornaments for a miniature tree, perhaps in their room!
  • Holiday themed jewelry – an inexpensive charm can be tied to a pretty ribbon necklace
  • Stickers
  • Christmas shaped erasers
  • Mini containers of PlayDoh
  • Small candies or holiday wrapped truffles
  • Handwritten notes promising a round of cookie baking, a car ride to look at light displays, or something else that is special to your children and will fit into your schedule!
  • Holiday beads and charms that can then be made into a bracelet or necklace
  • Pieces from a Polly Pocket kit, culminating in a complete kit
  • Keep your eyes open at the dollar store or the dollar spots at Target and Michaels for more ideas!  

*The adorable hair clips featured at the top of page may be purchased at

Good luck with this project that will be a daily source of fun and excitement for your family!

Do you have a favorite idea for an Advent calendar filler?  I’d love to know!

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